Atmosphere of the Great Krakow Derby aka the Holy War

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Hi there my Hivean friends and followers!

I think it´s time for another contribution to the Sports Talk Social community, don´t you? :) This time around, however, I prepared something really special for you as I will take you to an extremely heated football derby, the legendary Great Krakow Derby that is also known as the Holy War. Why such a horrifying alias? Well, because these games between Wisla Krakow and Cracovia Krakow do feel like wars indeed! Both founded in 1906, Wisla and Cracovia are some of the very oldest and most traditional football clubs in Poland with massive fan bases and the rivalry between them is just incredible.

As you might know from some of my previous posts, we are currently based in Krakow and since I am huge football fan, I was really looking forward to the derby. The latest one took place one month ago, on November 7 (yes, this post has long been overdue, sorry about that) and I was so excited to be there. The game was hosted by Wisla Krakow so it was played at their stadium on the Wladyslawa Reymonta Street. Usually, the Krakow derbies are sold out completely but because of the pandemic measures, the capacity was reduced by some percentage. As far as I remember though, there were still some 25,000 people in the stadium and the atmosphere was absolutely electrifying. There was really everything. Deafening support and chants from both fan crowds, impressive choreos, spectacular pyro shows, burning each other´s flags and scarfs, pitch invaders, fight attempts etc. I know this may sound a bit over the top for some but football derbies really are like this in Europe. I don´t know what happened in the city before and after the game but despite some efforts from both crowds, there was no violence in the stadium so everyone could just enjoy the game and the amazing atmosphere.

Let me now show you what it was like through these photos and videos that I took there.


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I hope you enjoyed these shots and videos. It was such an exciting experience. Wisla won the game 1:0, the first video was actually taken right after that goal. Btw for some reason, two of the videos ended up recorded vertically in my phone so I had to rotate them to the horizontal position in an online video editor and I couldn´t remove the watermarks after the edit. Sorry about that.




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Lovely scenes :)

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Yeah, it was quite the experience :) Thanks for your visit man!

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Hope someday I also watch a live football match :)

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It's definitely a tough cracker between the two teams and a lovely history as well. Keep up the good work @phortun

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Right. Definitely one of the most heated football derbies in Europe with a very long history. Thanks for stopping by ;)

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Very cool! Last time I was in Krakow was for the Steemfest in 2018.

Very warm atmosphere in the stadium 😄

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Oh really? I was here for the SteemFest too actually, even though just for one night :) Never thought back then that I would live here one day :D

Haha you are right ;) It was a very cold day but the atmosphere in the stadium was more than warm :D

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When I read Krakow Derby I was thinking Demolition Derby, when they use cars to crash into each other.

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What? :D Never heard of this... But no surprise, I am not into cars at all :D

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I love it, bc of flag color look like Vietnamese one;)))
I don't watch football much so cannot share opinion ^^

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The white star is actually the symbol of the home club, Wisla Krakow. I think the Vietnamese flag features a yellow star ;)

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I like torch in stadium. I think that It has been forbidden in my country. Football is good with rivarly, but I don't like this much fanatisim; war, battle, kill.

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You mean pyro? I don´t know if it´s officially forbidden in Turkey but it´s still very common at the games in there. Well, I respect the hooligan culture as long as they do their thing voluntarily and only within their community. Putting other people and fans in danger is not acceptable of course. People should feel safe in the stadium.

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The Holy War must have been always a great game like El Classico. How was the feeling watching the game? Greetings from the Philippines!

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Thanks man :) Well, El Clasico is not a city derby so the Polish version of El Clasico would probaly be the game between Wisla Krakow and Legia Warsaw but sometimes, the city derbies are even more heated and intense ;) Greetings from Poland!

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You're welcome (^_^) and have a nice day ahead.

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This looks like so much fun; so festive! I have tried to coordinate attending games while in Spain and Turkey, but Covid just makes these things even harder to pull off...

Thanks for this taste of Polish football! Perhaps I can get to a game at some point during my travels... Cheers!

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Well if you are a fan of football (soccer for you :D), I can definitely recommend the Polish league. The tickets are quite cheap and the atmosphere at the games is just amazing. Pretty wild sometimes but not as wild as in Turkey or in some Balkan countries :) Did you make it to a game in Turkey when you were there?

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I am, indeed, a fan. I played soccer in high school back before it was popular here in the US. Center midfield!

I was not able to see a game in Istanbul, but I'm determined to see games in Europe in future travels. And Poland is high on my list for destinations. I hear great things about the country!

Cheers!

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I've always been a bit curious how they can have those flares without anyone ever getting hurt. It is impressive though that is for sure. I love the passion of sporting events.

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I think there may be some minor injuries sometimes. I have actually got my share of choking on smoke from the flares too :D Yeah, sport wouldn´t be sport without passion ;) Thanks for stopping by.

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